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OPINION: “New Bedford’s Sacred Hearts Cemetery doesn’t realize the value of loved ones leaving items on gravestones”


“Hello, New Bedford Residents,

For those of you who may have loved ones at Sacred Hearts Cemetery on Mount Pleasant near the airport: I just found out that graves are not allowed to have metal decorations at the gravestones.

Apparently, for years now, the items that were placed at my family grave were taken. We were always under the impression that they were stolen but this week, a member of my family happened to be at the cemetery this week, and noticed that the items were gone again.

So they approached a cemetery worker. They were informed that metal decorations are not allowed. Gee, this was not known to us. Sadly not sure why?? The items were always close to the gravestone so if this is a grass cutting issue, it’s a poor one.

So “Thank You” Sacred Hearts Cemetery for not realizing the meaning of items at graves. What did we pay for??”-Wayne Gaboriault.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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  1. I agree, I think if it’s within range of the stone,we should be allowed to out whatever we want at our loved ones resting places. I had the same problem on St Patrick’s day, I had a wooden shamrock hanging on a hook, found out they took it. I want my husbands grave to look nice year round, I want to be able to decorate for all holidays. Terrible that we aren’t allowed to do this, it’s truly a shame . His resting place is St Mary’s, across from Shaws. It’s true, what did we pay for?

  2. Sadly they also take care of St. Marys near Shaw’s where my parents are. This has been a huge issue for my family. They have destroyed items from shattering an angel placed by my grandmother , to things just disappearing. When I call the lady in the office, whom has no social skills whatsoever to deal with grieving people, said well it shouldn’t be there, but yet other Graves in the same area go untouched . Meaning they are allowed to have whatever. This is heart breaking for families.

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